Digg is back! They've started from scratch, converted into a "startup", and v1 has now hit the web. Alongside the new and improved digg.com comes an updated Digg iPhone app (which is, ironically, version 3.0). For those who are not familiar with Digg, it's a website that "delivers the most interesting and talked about stories on the Internet right now."
The new Digg app is actually very nice. It's a simple vertically scrolling app that shows the titles of articles and the main images associated with them. It has a very clean and clutter-free design and runs great (although I'm hearing reports of the app crashing for many people). Tapping on an article will display it nicely in the built in browser.
Now here comes the not-so-good "feature" of Digg -- in order to login, you must login with Facebook. Now, it's not required to login to consume content from Digg, but if you want to "digg" an article (thumbs up), bookmark an article, or use services like Instapaper, Pocket, or Bitly, you are required to login with Facebook.
- Clean and clutter free
- Great way to find good content to read
- Instapaper, Pocket, and Bitly support
- Must login with Facebook to use any of the features
The bottom line
The new Digg v1 iPhone app is well designed and a great way to discover popular articles on the web. If it wasn't for the requirement to login to Facebook, I'd be inclined to say that Digg's re-launch is off to a great start.